Prestige | Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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67
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102 Ratings
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58
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
Haiti
prestigebeer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
49
Avg:
2.52
pDev:
28.57%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kkmiller76
2.43/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Alexc11
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Non-descript tasting beer. Just plain okay. Pours bright yellow with decent lace. Hint of apple scent. Moderate bitterness and smooth. Goes down nicely with little complex punch. Not awful but just alright.

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Photo of MathieuTheard
2.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SavvyJack
5/5  rDev +98.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An imported 12-oz bottle of Prestige resembles the shape of a Red Stripe; easy to grip, store and stand in shelves of fridges, which is a space-saver; always a plus for OCD and highly organized individuals like myself. Bottle's updated label incorporates the colours of Haiti's flag (red and blue) in metallics, encircled in gold that captions two winning medals at the World Cup of Beer in 2000 and 2012 under the category of American style lagers. 5.6 ABV and 168 calories, nearly equivalent to a Blue Moon minus the carbs (0g).

Appearance: Thin white head (about 1/2 inch; faint after 2-3 minutes), pale golden yellow (through and through), tiny rising CO2 bubbles at moderate speed, somewhat sparse but consistent.

Smell: Barley hops, hints of vanilla and perhaps honey.

Taste: Light malts, bitter but sweet grainy; simple but fairly bold; clean palate.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, highly carbon, minimal aftertaste and pleasant.

Drinkability: Refreshing and crisp; easy to go down. Best served very cold; typical for Caribbean beers to deal those high temperatures all year round.

Overall: Nothing really bad to say about this beer. While it may not have the next unique-feel to seasoned beer drinkers myself alike, it definitely captures the consistency and refreshing taste needed to survive the Caribbean sun in which this beer was intended. It is worth mentioning that it also goes great with food, for gastronomists who want the best of both worlds, to taste their brew and taste their food without any hinderance of the two at all. For a country more known for its rum and coffee, it surprisingly beats out many brews in the American lager category and believe it is quite deserving of its achievements. Cheers!

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Photo of biegaman
2.08/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This brilliantly clear, brightly polished golden nectar looks exactly right for something named "Prestige". If only some of the head would stick around we even could have said it's appropriately crowned. But alas, the lack of foam despite the noticeable presence of bubbles points to the fact this may have less esteem than its title suggests...

There's certainly nothing reputable about this aroma! It's hard to imagine a bouquet more affected (infected?) by the use of additives. Out: fresh bread or cereal grain notes; In: corn syrup and white icing sugar. It's as cloying as no-name brand liquid honey but also has a foul stench to it, like driving by the waste treatment facility on a hot summer day.

If that sounds like hyperbole to you, just wait until it warms up. The difference between fridge and room temperature is like night and day; all kinds of the beer's shameful secrets are revealed once it loses its chill. I'm not sure what are the actual contents of this bottle but I'd bet a pot of 'bouillon' there's more than just four ingredients.

Somewhere there's a little voodoo doll version of me, pins stabbed into the taste buds and liver. OK, so drinking Prestige isn't literally painful, but it really isn't pleasant. The flat, starchy texture and sweet corn flavours of the adjuncts completely overrule any legitimate malt presence and the aftertaste is like wet cardboard. Even a small stubby bottle is un-finishable.

What's the opposite of Prestige? Answer: high quality beer. This Haitian offering drinks like someone put a hex on it. As if the good folks on that island haven't had to go through enough. Maybe in such dire conditions people are simply happy to have any kind of cold, bubbly respite from the world... that's the only excuse for this I can think of.

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Photo of Dope
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear gold with a small fizzy white head. Head disappears immediately with no lacing.

S: Whoa. Sickly sweet graininess. Like overripe corn. Hmph.

T: Pretty much the same as the aroma but not as pronounced. Super sticky sweet corn and hard candy flavors.

M: Light bodied, very sweet.

O: Damn, this has to be the sweetest AAL I've ever had. It literally made me cringe the first time I took a sip. It's like corn sugar water basically. Rough to drink, makes me want to gag. I'd rather have budweiser.

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Photo of NotoriousBAC
2.79/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of misternebbie
2.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, straw yellow in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey and straw. Very light bodied. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for. Drinks like a typical adjunct lager.

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Photo of BlackrockBrew
1/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drank it at a party with a bunch of Hatians. I feel like my love of beer has been raped.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.18/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jisraelt
3.07/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of papat444
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Colonial Spirits, thanks for the Tick!
Brilliantly clear deep yellow color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention. Light floral hops, light bready pilsner malt with a bit of sugary sweetness and little else. No flaws nothing horrible here, just a bland watery light lager

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more skunky than anything else; a little corn;

T: sweet malt for a moment, then a flavor I can't really describe - like having a penny in your mouth or if you leave an aspirin in your mouth too long; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation;

O: pretty undrinkable;

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Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
2.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of schoolboy
2.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This isn't much worse than anything else from this style. I picked up a bottle from a street vendor in Sint Maarten for a buck or two.

I never poured it into a glass and just consumed it while walking back to our cruise ship. It was cold and wet but not very good. Your usual sweet, poor tasting mess. It did not taste fresh either.

In the Caribbean you aren't going to find great beer very often, so if you want a beer, you may have to settle for one of these. On the positive side, it is refreshing and not too hard to drink when you are already drunk.

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Photo of Jdsissonii
3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of grains. Taste is light, some malts, a bit of corn, refreshing but lacking in flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but also not a beer I would need to drink again.

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Photo of MadLatvian
3.88/5  rDev +54%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Look I know it's not the greatest beer on the planet. But after a blazing hot day of work and sweat in Haiti, it's the greatest tasting beer there is.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattDbach
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of smithj4
2.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
2.52 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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